Wear Your Ashes with Love on Wednesday

Lent officially begins….40 days of stepping back, reflecting, praying, fasting, sacrificing, loving!

I find it interesting how we can get caught up on the sacrifice part, the fasting, the abstaining.  I find it a privilege, an honor to do something for God…..to grow closer to Him!

It’s funny because many will argue they can’t abstain because they just have to have their meat….but truly there are plenty of protein sources out there to sustain you for one day….one day!! We truly don’t need animal meat.  And our bodies can get what it needs from animal meat even just once a week. SOOO…..the argument is futile!

And fasting…..even an absolute…..well again bone broth, lemon water, and green tea all alone can sustain you for ONE DAY!  I have done exactly that for NINE days!  This is not to brag to boast….this is to help others understand IT IS POSSIBLE!!!

The tricky thing is when a person says well I have this condition or that condition that prevents me from fasting.  I am no doctor so I give no advice…I only share what I have learned and what I HAVE DONE…..and I say “consult your doctor for any medical advice” as my caveat to not get into trouble…lol…

So this is the interesting thing….lets take diabetics for instance….the argument, a great deal of times, is they need to keep their blood sugar levels stable…..yes I agree……BUT FASTING can actually do this!  The science is amazing now about this actually helps.  I am insulin resistant…..my 9 day absolute fasts have all been for medical reasons….and they have each time re-balanced my insulin levels!

I guess I have just never been willing to use the “loop holes” of getting out of fasting or abstaining.  BUT I have experienced and witnessed first hand how FASTING (whether an absolute, partial, or abstinence) CAN REAP SUCH MIRACLES!

A while back I pondered if I would ever stop taking communion in the form of bread and only take from the cup because of my gluten intolerance’s and all my health issues.  I knew for me I would not and could not stop receiving Jesus.  EVEN IF the simple wheat host will be the cause of me never fully healing physically.  BECAUSE THIS IS THE THING…..for me I KNOW I AM RECEIVING CHRIST…..HE IS PRESENT……I WILL NOT DENY MYSELF HIM..…I am aware that HE is still using bread.  And I understand that the molecular structure  is wheat BUT I look at (just like I heard and witnessed this weekend at the Divine Mercy Day of Reflection)…..there have been so many amazing miracles out there proving to the world that the HOST IS JESUS…..who am I to say that that is not exactly what is happening within me!!!

Doesn’t GOD ask us to trust in him?!  To go beyond our power, our will, and abandon it all to HIM!  Thus I give HIM my will…..my trust….my absolute everything!

I look forward to ALL this lent has in store for me.  Lent is never easy….for so many reasons….but it ALWAYS produces such amazing fruit.  I can’t help but be excited to fast….to sacrifice…to empty myself to and for HIM!!!

Lay ALL your burdens…your struggles on the alter for HIM this Lent to do miracles within you!  Sacrifice and fast not only as a petition, as a way to ask favor, but also as a form of PRAYER….a way to PRAISE HIM….TRUST HIM….LOVE HIM!!!

Have a a wonderful Ash Wednesday!

If you desire to share what you will do for lent to draw closer to HIM I would love to read about it below!  I would love to learn and grow with all of you!

hugs and blessings always,
~Kelly

…TODAY’S…


BOOK:  We will continue today in the HORMONE RESET DIET….Dr. Sara Gottfried

MOVEMENT:  If you live close to your church walk to the church and reflect as you prepare to receive ashes….and if not…go for a walk somewhere anywhere….before or after mass.  Allow it to be the moment where you really reflect on how you can continue to care for your temple….and stay balanced with your hopes and dreams MIND BODY SOUL…..all to honor HIM!

UNDERSTANDING OUR HEALTH: In the Hormone Reset Diet….the first hormone she talks about resetting is ESTROGEN.  And the best way to do it is by eliminating meat and alcohol from your diet for a minimum of 3 days but really for atleast 21 days to ensusre all the other hormones have the opportunity to reset.  The science behind meatless is profound.  This article is a helpful overview. But the book really helps you see and understand in black and white! But this link also gives a great overview of Dr. Sara’s diagrams.

TASTY TIP: Your’e convinced you don’t like green tea.  It is bitter…etc.  The trick is to not let it steep for more than 2 minutes.  But even if you over-steep it you CAN FIX IT.  My 2 favorite ways:  1.  squeeze a full lemon in it, with a few drops of stevia.  2.  Lemon and stevia like #1 but add either mint (fresh or essential oil)  or add cinnamon (again fresh or essential oil). Drink warm or on ice…or even blend it up!

Dynamic Daughters: Breakfast Pizza!

GENESIS 1:27,31…
GOD CREATED PEOPLE IN HIS OWN IMAGE; GOD PATTERNED THEM AFTER HIMSELF; MALE AND FEMALE HE CREATED THEM…THEN GOD LOOKED OVER ALL HE HAD MADE, AND HE WAS THAT IT WAS EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY.

“A healthy self-image is seeing yourself as God sees you – no more and no less.”
 – Josh McDowell

I have a very picky eater!  But as I have posted before, I refuse to create food as a battlefield!  Thus, I choose to find ways to nurture our relationship, nurture our health, and respect each other!

My amazing warrior girl LOVES pizza and muffins!

I have been on a quest for the last year to create whole, real food, nutritious baked goods and pizza that she really enjoys and doesn’t ask for the bakery or takeout!

Today I share with you a yummy Breakfast Pizza that became a huge hit for her.  It was a wonderful Friday dinner for us since we have committed as a family to abstain from meat on Friday’s as our way of reflecting and remembering the amazing sacrifice Christ made for us.

BREAKFAST PIZZA

I used a small cast iron skillet for this one. 
 I think it was the little 5 inch one!? 
 I whisked up 3 eggs
 with about 1/4 cup of bone broth,
 1/4 cup of coconut milk, 
1 tsp of garlic powder.  
I put a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil in the pan on medium heat. 
 Pour the eggs into the pan. 
Once I saw it getting firmer around the edges and the bottom…
I then transferred the whole pan into the oven at 350 degrees…
 for about 5-10 minutes.  
Basically until I saw it getting firmer. 
Before it browned I pulled it out.  
That is when I put the organic pizza sauce, or one I have made from tomato paste and seasonings, 
sprinkled with cheese, 
put back into the oven until the cheese has melted to satisfaction.

And there you go…add whatever toppings you want!  
For me I put olives, mushrooms, spinach, peppers….lots of yummy-ness!

How does this nurture my daughters soul?  
She sees me wanting to  create things  she enjoys eating and is still nutritious for her.  Because I know the more balanced I can help her keep her hormones, the easier this roller coaster of pre-teen and womanhood will be!  (Check out Dr. Sara Gottfried’s HORMONE RESET DIET, to learn more about how we as women can understand our hormones better, thus being able to help our daughters understand the hormones in their bodies!)

Thus, this meal will give her great protein to satisfy and keep her insulin balanced.  All the different healthy fats in it will create a satiety to help think clearer.  And the whole experience is enjoyable!

Blessings, prayers, and hugs always,
~Kelly 🙂

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